Rooftop Gardens and Green Walls Workshop



Date: Tuesday 20 August 2019

Time: 9am - 4pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden

Cost: $180 per person. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite or over the phone by calling (08) 8222 9311. (Please note that bookings made online will incur a booking fee).


No matter how small your living space is, it is a fundamental requirement of well-being to connect with nature’s green spaces and living things.

But with developers creating smaller blocks of land, and more subdivision and infill, we need to think more creatively about how to connect with nature and plants in small spaces at home and work.

Roof top gardens and green walls are creative ways to utilise the space you have to create a beautiful and functional garden.

In this one-day workshop, you will learn various approaches to combat the challenge of growing a roof-top garden or green wall with South Australia’s high evaporation rates and low humidity.

You will look at systems, plants and substrates that maximise success and limit water usage.

 You will also learn how to incorporate a habitat for local flora and fauna in your design that will provide a necessary refuge to a range of native plant and animal species, especially those which are threatened.

Learn to assess and adapt your built environment and associated garden spaces, irrespective of the size and purpose of the space.

  • Consider structural issues to accommodate rooftops and green-walls
  • Explore the challenges of weight, water, drainage and access
  • Consider the interface between your building and garden
  • Explore how plants can influence your home energy footprint
  • Discover how plants can enhance your wellbeing in small spaces such as rooftops, green walls, balconies, and tight narrow spaces

Gain new ideas and a blueprint to make the best of what you already have. Invite your neighbours and explore the possibilities!


Collaborative delivery approach
The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium of South Australia is proud to deliver a suite of courses in collaboration with Footprint Ink. Footprint Ink are a passionate team of award-winning professionals with unique and trans-disciplinary expertise. With experience in landscape architecture, design, education, community engagement and the arts, Footprint Ink works with a soft ecological footprint, offering long term solutions with minimal impact on resources and maximum benefit for all.

Presenter: Pam Gurner-Hall
Pam is a renowned plants woman having won many awards for her landscape designs. She has been delighting her clients over a long career with detailed planting plans that evolve and adapt, continuing to inspire as they age gracefully.

Pam has been an educator in horticulture and allied areas of design for 30 years. She is a well-known radio broadcaster in Adelaide, a business woman and entrepreneur.

Photo: This photograph was taken at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in The Calyx.


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